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UNK- Award-winning Nebraska poet Dr. Don Welch will read selected works from his new book, “When Memory Gives Dust a Face,” at a 7 p.m. reception and book-signing Monday, Dec. 1, at the Museum of Nebraska of Art.
The 100-page book is a memoir of his life in Nebraska.
“As I wrote, I discovered that the time is almost entirely a period of warfare,” he said. “If it wasn’t economic warfare, it was military warfare.”
Published by Lewis and Clark Press in Idaho, the book covers nearly seven decades, from the dust bowl to the present, and will be available for purchase the night of the reception. It is also available at the Antelope Bookstore on the UNK campus.
Dr. Welch is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including “Dead Horse Table,” “Handwork,” “The Rarer Game,” “The Keeper of Miniature Deer,” “The Marginalist,” “Every Mouth of Autumn Says Good-bye,” “The Breeder of Archangels /Requiem for Stanley Smith,” “Inklings: Poems Old and New,” “The Alley Poems” and “Gutter Flowers.”
In 1980, Dr. Welch won the prestigious Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and was the first to hold the Reynolds Chair in Poetry at UNK. He served as a consultant and participant in the ETV documentary, “Last of the One-Room Schools,” televised in September of 1995. He also served in the Poets-in-the-Schools program for 10 years.
A Nebraska native, Dr. Welch grew up in Custer County. He holds a B.A. from Kearney State College/University of Nebraska at Kearney, M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Currently, Dr. Welch teaches “Philosophy of Poetry” in the UNK Department of Philosophy.